1351 Tasting Notes

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I had a cup of this hot yesterday and it was lovely. As per usual, I dumped the used leaves into my mason jar to coldbrew overnight and just finished off the cuppa. It was equally lovely and I don’t feel like I wasted the leaves! I love seeing the leaves all unfurled and pretty.

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drank Nepal Black by DAVIDsTEA
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I don’t know why I’m in the mood for unflavored blends today, but here I am. This is another of my favorite teas. Just astringent enough to be delicious.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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100

It has been a long time since I kept burning myself on a cup of tea, waiting for it to cool down enough for me to drink, but that’s what is happening with this cuppa. It smells so good and I am so ready for it. It’s 5 am and I haven’t been to sleep yet. My wife’s alarm will go off in a few minutes, I may as well get my day started. My goal is to make it until 10, which is when I have to feed Da Hong Pao, our tortoise. After that, I can get a good, long nap.

I have a deep, abiding love for this tea and it is one that will be in my cupboard as long as possible. If ever there was a morning for a good kick in the pants to wake me up, this is it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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91

Yum yum yum. I’m having a cruddy day and this is hitting just the right spot. I made four teas at once when I made this, two for kombucha and two for immediate consumption. I drink my teas lukewarm, so I don’t have to worry about one tea cooling off too much before I can get to it.

Anyway, yes. Yum! I love the licorice in this blend and it’s just a sweet, soothing cup that hopefully will help get rid of this migraine.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Ginger Sparkle by Tealish
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This is my wife’s all time favorite tea, and I’ve curious about doing a second kombucha ferment with tea, so this is my first step down that road. I brewed it strong and added sugar before mixing it with my kombucha and letting it sit on the counter for three days. After the third day I stuck it in the fridge to cool and today I tried a sip while I was pouring it for the wifey. It wasn’t bad at all! I think she’ll really like it. It got just as fizzy as the other brews and I would call it a rousing success!

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drank Kombucha by G.T. Kombucha
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As previously stated, I brew my own kombucha now, but it’s with a SCOBY made from this tea here, and when I travel to the States in December, we’ll be picking up enough of this to last us the two weeks. I just see homebrewed kombucha being an issue at the border.

This was lovely, sweet without being too sweet, just a touch of tart, and all around lovely. Though if you are new to kombucha, I recommend trying one of their flavored blends first, as booch can take some getting used to.

Preparation
Iced

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Booch! I started getting into kombucha a few months ago due to the purported health benefits. A quick note, Kombucha Wonder Drink is pasturized, killing all of the good bacteria, so if you’re interested in the probiotic element of kombucha, this is not the one for you. Try to track down some GT, it’s much better.

I make my own booch now, but this was my first foray into the field, since it is the only brand my organic delivery service carries. I did not like it at all. I’ve tried just about all of their flavors and they’re all bad. There’s just an overwhelming bitterness and harshness to them that makes me avoid this brand.

If you’re looking for a starter kombucha to make your own SCOBY, this also sucks. I let my brew for a month and saw no change whatsoever. I set out GT and had a baby SCOBY in less than a week. She’s not brewing strong in my continuous brewer, my baby jellyfish is a momma jellyfish!

I’m also HIGHLY amused at my own changes. When Happy Kombucha from DavidsTea came out, I couldn’t bring myself to drink it because a fermented tea with bacteria in it sounded so gross, and now I have at least 16 ounces a day.

But yes, if you’re going to try kombucha, don’t try this. If you’ve had it in the past, I promise, it doesn’t have to taste like straight up vinegar, it can be so, so yummy. Try GT.

Preparation
Iced

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drank Cinnaberry by DAVIDsTEA
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We are catching up on the new Sailor Moon Crystal series (don’t you judge me, it was my childhood) and I am completely distracted, but loving this tea. Cinnamon, blueberries, what’s not to love!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Anlina

I haven’t got started on Sailor Moon Crystal yet, but oh my god, I’m excited for it. Nothing to be embarrassed about – Sailor Moon is an amazing story, and it was such an important part of my teenage years.

I tried this tea in store and it was really nice, but I didn’t pick it up. But you’ve got me thinking about it again, and maybe I will grab a small bit of it next time I’m in DAVIDs.

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My goodness, I was obsessed with Sailor Moon as a teenager. My sister in law works in film and she met the voice actor for Tuxedo Mask in the dubs and long story short, I have his autograph and it is the most amazing thing ever.

The blueberry element does taste like blueberry jam, but I don’t see that as a bad thing, I rather like blueberry jam. And the cinnamon is wonderful. I just wish it wasn’t a rooibos, because I’d love to use it to flavor my kombucha, but cold rooibos gives me migraines. I encourage you to pick up some and try it with your own parameters at home. I always find I like teas a lot more at home than in store.

sweetea

I’m always so nervous about blueberry in teas. (Always think I’m going to LOVE IT and hype myself up and then suffer a catastrophic let down.) Might try this one, though, because I can never resist cinnamon.

SMC: Sailor Jupiter. SAILOR JUPITER. SAILORJUPITER!!!!!!!!!!! That is all.

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I really, really adore this one and might have to stock up on it. I encourage you to give it a go.

SMC: Sailor Jupiter was ALWAYS my favorite. I even made my mom make me a Sailor Jupiter costume one halloween!

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I live for apple cider in the fall. I drink copious amounts of it, I cook with it, I mull it to make it even better….yum. I even have fake apple cider for my Keurig for when the craving gets too strong in the off season. And like many others, I am on the hunt for a good cider tea to help get me through the off season.

This is not that tea. It smells yummy, and it tastes yummy, but it does not taste like apple cider. Maybe a bit of the spices they used in Yes We Cran would be better suited here. And vanilla….why is there vanilla in an apple cider tea? It’s more like apple pie a la mode than anything. And there’s an artificialness that I just can’t get behind. Like apple and vanilla’s chemically induced offspring. Just a hint of it, though.

I’m glad I tried it, but I will not be buying any more of this, sadly.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Maple Sugar by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea made me laugh at myself. The first sip was great. “Ohh, yum, cinnamon and sugar my favor-” and the the bottom dropped out of the flavor and maple slapped me across the face, taking an already delicious cup to a whole other level. It made the flavor deeper, more complex, and I love it. It’s a good thing my wife doesn’t like maple, because she will not be getting any of the sample she brought home last night.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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“You can forgive a murder, but never a mistake while preparing tea.” Chinese proverb

Labels? Here you go: Femme, Wife, Lesbian, Homemaker, Happy. Don’t forget tea fanatic!

Ah, tea. My love for you is ever changing. At my last update, I was all about the rooibos and now I hardly drink it. I only occasionally had an oolong and now I have one just about every day. I’ve learned the art of resteeping and coldbrewing and kombucha. I have a lovely little tea pet named…well, I haven’t decided on a name for him yet. I also have four live pets, a tabby cat named Rosabella Francis (Bella for short), a ginger cat named Orange Julius Pekoe (Pekoe), a white and grey cat named Earl Jean Grey (Earlie), and a red foot tortoise named Da Hong Pao (Pao). So if you see me referring to my girls, I don’t have kids, just animals.

As for tea, I love oolongs, herbals, and black tea. Since I am no longer working, I no longer feel the constant need for a mate energy boost, though I do still reach for it from time to time. I also drink less matcha, though I do throw a spoonful or two in when I’m making smoothies. Most of my tea I drink coldbrewed, and since I discovered coldbrewed rooibos was giving me headaches, I’m drinking less and less of it. Straight pu-erh is not a thing I enjoy, but there are a few flavored blends I like. Greens are still too finicky for me to bother with hot, but they make great cold brews.

I am by no means a tea purist. I greatly enjoy flavored teas and I put sugar in all of my teas. It’s just how I do.

I think I’m going to name my tea pet Mr. Turtle. Even though he’s a tortoise.

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